SACRAMENTO -- Two bills -- one to strengthen teachers' mandated reporting requirements and the other to provide additional funding for new state education standards -- were approved by the Assembly Education Committee.
Both pieces of legislation were authored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, and are now headed to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
AB 2319 provides additional funding for the implementation of Common Core standards. It was amended by the committee to eliminate the allocation of some money for career technical education.
AB 2560 requires teachers to sign statements regarding their mandated reporting obligation to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement or child protective services when they renew their credentials.
The Concord Police Chief and a Mt. Diablo school district teacher spoke in support of AB 2560, citing administrators' failure to report suspected abuse after alerted by teachers.